About YBR

Mary Beth Durkin

Writer, Producer, Director.

Mary Beth Durkin is founder and owner of Yellow Brick Road Productions, a media company that supplies media outlets with documentaries and short form video content across an array of platforms such as network television, public television, cable tv and the web. Ms. Durkin is a veteran documentary film and news producer with 25 plus years of broadcast production experience. She has won numerous awards for her productions. These include, the 2009 Cine Golden Eagle for Betty Ford: The Real Deal, four Emmy nominations, two National Press Club Arthur Rowse Awards, a New York Festival award for Best Investigative Report and a Columbia Journalism Review Laurel.

Most recently she was the producer, writer and director for a series of one hour documentaries on “The Modern First Ladies” for MacNeil/Lehrer Productions. On March 16th, 2009 PBS aired Betty Ford: The Real Deal and on February 6th 2011 Nancy Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime aired.

Before producing the documentary series for MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, Mary Beth worked for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer for nearly a decade. There she produced news features on a variety of topics such as healthcare, immigration, the economy, welfare and other issues. At The NewsHour, she also ran a production team that covered media trends. The Media Unit was funded by a grant from The Pew Foundation.

Prior to The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Mary Beth spent over a decade at CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, where she spearheaded their business and economic coverage. During her time at CBS she traveled around the world doing reports from Japan, Central Europe and Eastern Europe, in addition to domestic coverage of the economy during the Wall Street crash of 1987 and the recession of 1991.

Mary Beth Durkin is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of New York University where she majored in both journalism and history.


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